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Newly Diagnosed Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Standard Risk)
Treatment of standard-risk childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during the induction, consolidation /intensification, and maintenance phases may include...
Your doctor will talk with you to find out if you have symptoms of depression.
Your doctor wants to know how you are feeling and may want to discuss the following:
The normal feelings cancer patients have. Talking with your doctor about this may help you see if your feelings are normal sadness or more serious.
Your moods. You may be asked to rate your mood on a scale.
How long the symptoms have lasted.
How the symptoms affect your daily life, such as your relationships, your work, and your ability to enjoy your usual activities.
All the medicines you are taking and other treatments you are receiving. Sometimes, side effects of medicines or the cancer can look like symptoms of depression. This is more likely during active cancer treatment or advanced cancer.
This information will help you and your doctor find out if you are feeling normal sadness or have a depressive disorder.
Checking for depression may be repeated at times when stress increases, such as when cancer gets worse or comes back after treatment.
Physical exams, mental exams, and lab tests are used to diagnose depression.
In addition to talking with you, your doctor may do the following to check for depression:
Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of your health habits, past illnesses including depression, and treatments will also be taken. A physical exam can help rule out a physical condition that may be causing your symptoms.
Laboratory tests: Medical procedures that test samples of tissue, blood, urine, or other substances in the body. These tests help to diagnose disease, plan and check treatment, or monitor the disease over time. Lab tests are done to rule out a medical condition that may be causing symptoms of depression.
Mental status exam: An exam done to get a general idea of your mental state by checking the following:
How you look and act.
How well you pay attention and understand simple concepts.